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You expand your notion of collection.
Carolina Beach Elementary School received a LSTA grant this school year. We purchased only books with this grant, as is the requirement. However, we purchased books that we knew would offer our students websites and web resources within these books. Just yesterday I used a graphic novel, purchased with grant money, to teach a lesson to our 4th grade class on bibliographies. I was able to use a current, and very popular genre, graphic novels, to teach an otherwise difficult lesson. I was also able to show the students how to access the websites to find additional information for their research. I have also shared this resource within a resource with my teachers so that they can also use old resources, books, with new resources, the web sites given in the books.

You no longer strive for the standard catalog,
long-tail, just-in-case approach. In tight times,
with shared catalogs and easy online purchasing,
a just-in-time approach is far more effective.
You build your own collection collaboratively, with an
understanding of the strengths and weaknesses
of the available collections around you.
Although I never really thought of using it for collection development purposes, I do love the fact that Infocentre allows us to seach the catalogs at other schools. If there is ever a book that I need for a particular lesson and we don't have it at Winter Park, there is almost always a colleague that has it in their collection and they are usually willing and able to send it my way through courier. I have also borrowed books for other WP teachers and students. I had a 5th grade student last year who was an avid, above-grade level reader. On several occasions I borrowed books from a middle school that she was interested in reading. - J.Moore

At Hoggard High School we teach the students how to access OPAC from home, including how to access the libraries at the the other High Schools. This is especially important because as the students prepare their Graduation Projects, they need to be able to see what additional print sources are available. We also show them how to access the county colections as well.

At Rachel Freeman I have a link to the New Hanover County Public library children's page on my web page. At the beginning of the year I show how to access the public library's catalog search to look for books there. In addition the students are shown how to access the OPAC from home, look for books in their AR reading range.~B. Anderson
Students at Blair learn how to search OPAC from home or in the computer lab and make a list of books on their level that corresponds with their nine-week readers wheels. Then they have a reading list that they can use the entire nine-weeks to complete their reader's wheel. That allows them plenty of time to browse for free reading when they come to the library as they have already made the list of books they need for their wheels.
Would love to explore the idea of sharing ebooks across the county and have one purchase available for all catalogs. I think this is possible through FolletShelf. We need to explore this with maybe a shelf for each level.

If monies become available I do believe that all our our school catalogs will be on a cloud and accessible by everyone.

Collection should include: ebooks, audiobooks,
open source software, streaming media,
flash drives, digital video cameras, laptops,
tripods, RSS feeds, and much more! And we
should seek effective, federated approaches to
ensure these diverse formats and platforms are
equally and seamlessly accessible.
As a result of the collaborative digital storytelling project that the specialists at Winter Park did (see Communication and Publishing and Storytelling) there has been an increase in teacher demand for many of these items. In order to meet these needs (as well as the steep learning curve that goes along with new technology) WP's Media/Technology Advisory Committee (MTAC) has created a series of technology workshops that cover a variety of topics - Gaggle, Movie Maker, Audacity, Gloggster, wikis, Google tools, Mimio lessons - as well as how teachers can create links on their individual websites in order to display the student work and resources that they create/use within their classrooms. - J.Moore

You involve your community in collection building
using interactive polls and web-based suggestion forms.
I have a book recommendation form linked to the Winter Park Library Media Center's website.
- J.Moore
I would like to make Winter Park's online recommendation form more interactive by recreating the page (mentioned in the left-hand example column) by creating a form/survey with Google. - J.Moore

You understand that library is not just a place to
get stuff, it is a place to make stuff, collaborate on
and share stuff. Not a grocery store, but a kitchen!
Eaton Elementary Media Center has a section dedicated to student-made books. These are books are made by individual students, small groups or a whole class. They are made in the media center, the classroom or at home. Students know that this section of the media center is devoted to sharing information and stories student to student. It is as much appreciated by the students who create as well as the students who read and learn from each other.

At Winter Park, I do lots of center activities with my classes. As part of these centers I use books
on tape, streaming videos on Discovery Education, online read alouds through TumbleBooks and PBS
Kids, reader's theatre, manipulatives, book baskets, puppets, NCWise Owl, mimio activities, etc. to teach a variety of information literacy skills, genres, comprehension, etc. Students have so much FUN exploring literature in a variety of formats both independently and in small groups. - J.Moore

Your collection–on- and offline–includes student work.
You use digital publishing tools to help students
share and celebrate their written and artistic work.
Here's an example from Winter Park (See Communication and Publishing and Storytelling for more information about this project.) - J.Moore